One of my favorite things to do every day is getting ready for bed. There’s something about taking the day off and settling into sleep, with a whole new day full of new opportunities ahead of you.
I have perfected a nighttime routine that I do almost every evening, as long as it’s not too late and I’m not too tired. (Look out for my lazy nighttime routine in a future post…) Without further ado, let’s get into it!
1. Getting Cozy
First, I make sure to change out of my day clothes and into a pair of fresh pajamas or comfy clothes to sleep in. If I’ve had a particularly long day, I will shower or take a relaxing bath, but in general, I like to shower in the morning because it helps me wake up. (TRUST me, it’s a struggle.)
2. Set the Mood
Next, I like to light a candle (or two) to make my room cozier. I love warm, smoky/woodsy scents – think amber, sandalwood, musk, etc. Right now, I’ve been loving this Smouldering Intensity candle a local organic, hand-poured candle made right here in Philly by Zuzu Glow. It instantly makes my room feel warm and cozy. I also love any candle by Boy Smells!
I also take this time to turn on my humidifier and add a few drops of lavender essential oil for maximum relaxation – it really makes all the difference!
3. Clean Up Your Act
This is when the fun part begins. One of my favorite parts of my nighttime routine is being able to wash the day away and really treat my skin. These are the three steps I always do before being able to fall asleep (sometimes I add more steps depending on if I need to address specific skin concerns, like doing a mask!)
- Cleanse and cleanse again.
- If you didn’t know, double cleansing is so good for your skin. I massage a cleansing oil or balm into my skin for at least 60 seconds to melt away makeup and sunscreen, then follow with a water-based cleanser.
- Exfoliate + Treat
- After cleansing, I use an exfoliating acid. Paula’s Choice makes a great BHA that is good for oily or acne prone skin that I recommend. I guarantee your skin will look better in the morning after you use it because it’s just that good.
- Massage Oil?
- This is the final step! Pick an oil of your choice (I’ve been really loving Pai’s Rosehip Oil but I also really love marula oil) and really massage it into your skin. I usually use a jade roller to this but your hands will work great too!
After doing at least these three steps I know my skin is ready for bed. Falling asleep in your makeup is a huge NO-NO, so at the very least make sure your skin is cleansed + moisturized before your head hits the pillow.
4. Relax + Unplug
One of the most important things I do I before falling asleep is plugging in my phone to charge away from me so I don’t stay up all night on my phone. It’s been proven that blue light makes it harder for you to fall asleep, and I would like to maximize my snooze time without my phone buzzing right next to my face.
Plus, if you plug your phone in away from your bed (I usually try to charge mine in the bathroom) you have to get out of bed to turn off your alarm. (Did I mention I have trouble waking up in the morning?)
5. Go To Sleep
The last step is to sleep… if it wasn’t obvious enough. If I’m feeling particularly restless I might do a few stretches before bed but I usually have no problem passing out. Since I don’t charge my phone right next to me I’m not tempted to go on it into late hours of the night, but I might read a book for a little while if I feel like it.
I hope my nighttime routine will inspire you to take care of yourself before drifting away for the night! Something as simple as taking the time to relax and set the mood for bed can honestly make all the difference in the quality of your sleep. Do you have anything you need to do to get ready for bed? Let me know in the comments below!
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